Happy Halloween!

Written on October 31, 2012 at 12:00 pm by Michelle
Filed under: Musings

From my doll family to yours, I hope you have a fun and safe Halloween!

Lily & Emmalynn look a wee bit concerned - Halloween Meet

I had my Kenners dressed up for a Halloween meet that happened over the weekend. Emmalynn (redhead) is Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz, Lily (blonde) is Cinderella who’s missing a shoe and Prim (brunette) is Medusa.

QOTW: How do you use social media in the Blythe hobby?

Written on October 29, 2012 at 12:00 pm by Michelle
Filed under: Question of the Week

For me, the answer is easy. I use it as much as possible when it comes to this blog. I have a Twitter account for BlytheLife (@blythelifecom – add me!) and I also have a Facebook Page (notice that I said page, not profile – you can Like, but not add the site as a friend). I use social media a lot when I’m not promoting or publishing new posts here on BlytheLife because the internet is all interconnected. I like getting into conversations with people online – either via forums, Flickr, Twitter or Facebook regarding Blythe. It’s fun!

I think some people shy away from social media websites because some news articles have demonized it, or they don’t understand it – or maybe they just don’t care. But the internet is always expanding and it is hard to get away from it at times because it’s always there. I’m sure those with smartphones can understand what I’m saying. Since getting my first smartphone in August, I’m constantly connected to ALL THE THINGS. I can check Instagram, Flickr, Twitter and Facebook on my phone (and yes, there are apps for all of those!). I can also check on Blythe Kingdom from my phone or write a new blog post on my phone, all while sitting on the bus or wearing my jammies in bed. It’s quite amazing what you can do with technology now – but it also means that I need to be mindful of turning things off. I had to set boundaries for myself because I was always (always, always, always!) on my phone tweeting something, updating a status, uploading a photo or writing something new for here. It’s hard to step away from social media sometimes, but there are some great points to it. If you want to keep in touch with someone, it makes it so easy.

How do you use social media in the Blythe hobby?

Friday Five: 014

Written on October 26, 2012 at 12:00 pm by Michelle
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The last Friday of every month is part of a feature on, Friday Five. Welcome everyone to this month’s installment! I mention 5 things I love every month..

If you have any suggestions for next month’s Friday Five, please don’t hesitate to email me! Maybe you have a site you think that I should feature or a pattern that’s free and up on the web? Tell me!

For the month of October I wanted to focus on fun crafts that you can do indoors, now that the weather has turned cold (at least around here!). I hope you like what I’ve found helpful!

  1. I came across a YouTube video on how to make a doll (Barbie) sized couch – pretty neat and Blythe can use somewhere to sit, right? The video directions use glue a lot, but you could sew the pillows and cover it a little bit better, but it’s a great tutorial!
  2. If you like to take photos of your Blythe, you might want to consider making a photo backdrop and I found a great tutorial on how to do that.
  3. This tutorial shows you how to make a mohair wig for ‘fashion dolls’, which can be adapted for Blythe’s big noggin! It can also be used for BJDs or other dolls that you have around that need some hair.
  4. For your twins or sisters, you can make a bunk bed for the tired little angels. Here’s the other video mentioned (on making doll bedding).
  5. The last DIY video I have to show you is on crafting a doll vanity! You need to have captions on in order to get the instructions for the tutorial.

If you know of a site, group or activity that you think I should highlight in next month’s Friday Five, let me know! Comment below or email me.

Halloween Costume Ideas

Written on October 24, 2012 at 12:00 pm by Michelle
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Halloween is a fun holiday where you get to dress up as something spooky and then collect candy from strangers. Blythes, however, are unable to go door to door soliciting sweets from people that they don’t know – but they can still dress up! Last year, one of my dolls was dressed as a squid for Halloween:

Vancouver Island Meet - October 16 2011

This year, my local Blythe group is having another Halloween meet-up! And while I don’t want to entirely spoil my girls’ costumes for the meet that is happening this weekend, here are the costume ideas that I considered (and later rejected):

  • Vampire – deemed too scary
  • Ghost – rejected due to being too generic
  • Hobbit – no one was willing to have the necessary hairy feet
  • Police officer – if you have the stock outfit from Love Mission, this is a very easy costume to pull off!
  • Ballerina – deemed not scary enough

What kind of crazy goblins and ghouls are your little angels dressing up as this year for Halloween?

QOTW: What makes Blythe special to you?

Written on October 22, 2012 at 12:00 pm by Michelle
Filed under: Question of the Week

A touch blushy

What makes Blythe special to me? Let me tell you…

  • … they’re always there
  • … because of Blythe, I’ve met some amazing people that I’m proud to call my friends
  • … I’ve been able to become connected to people that I would have never met otherwise
  • … they are non-judgmental (until it comes to my sewing)
  • … they appeal to the little girl in me
  • … how their clothes take up so much less room than my own
  • … how their shoes can be organized in cheap organizer boxes
  • … the click of their eyes
  • … the pip of Kenners
  • … their eyes
  • … the vintage Blythe smell, the feel of the 40 year old plastic
  • … how the pullring fits onto my finger like a ring
  • … she allows me to be morecreative
  • … the expression, the emotion, the thoughtfulness that can come from a plastic object

What makes Blythe special to you?

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